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Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL Draft Review

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) -

1 (26) - Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville; 2 (42) - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt; 3 (86) - Josh Huff, WR, Oregon; 4 (101) - Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida; 5 (141) - Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon; 5 (162) - Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford; 7 (224) - Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin;

Top Picks Analysis: Philadelphia traded out of No. 22, enabling Cleveland to select Johnny Manziel. Four spots later, the Eagles took Louisville linebacker Malcolm Smith, perhaps the biggest reach in the first round of the 2014 draft.

However, Philadelphia's second-round pick, Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews, probably made up for it.

In fact if you are an Eagles fan, you might want to consider Matthews, a big receiver who is a tailor-made fit for a Chip Kelly offense, the Birds' top choice and Smith as the second option.

"He'll fit in beautifully in Philadelphia and in Chip Kelly's offense," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said when taking about Matthews. "He makes tough catches. He has a big body. He ran faster than a lot of people anticipated (4.46-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine)."

Matthews also excelled catching bubble screens at Vandy, something featured heavily in Kelly's offense. On the downside Matthews needs to show a little more consistency catching the ball after accumulating 10 drops in his final college season.

Smith has potential as an edge rusher but carried a second- or third-round grade depending on who you are asking. The narrative in Philly is that the Eagles were scared Washington would take him early in the second, an interesting spin because the Eagles didn't seem to mind when DeSean Jackson bolted to the Beltway.

Third-round receiver Josh Huff is a Kelly acolyte from Eugene, a former running back who is another guy who excels with manufactured touches. Unlike Matthews, though, Huff will do little else.

Best Value Pick: Sammy Watkins' brother Jaylen was the first pick in the fourth round and is a versatile cornerback who will add to the team's depth and help on special teams.

Questionable Calls: Smith was an undeniable reach at No. 26 overall and a sign the Eagles were caught off guard by the players picked between 22 and their choice.

Summary: A .333 batting average will get you into the Hall of Fame in baseball but anytime you go 1-for-3 with your premium picks in the NFL Draft, you are in deep trouble and that's what Philadelphia's effort looks like on first impression.

FINAL GRADE: C-

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: OL Josh Andrews, Oregon State; TE Blake Annen, Cincinnati; OL Karim Barton, Morgan State; WR Kadron Boone, LSU; TE Trey Burton, Florida; RB David Fluellen, Toledo; CB Josh Fulton, Alabama; OL Kevin Graf, USC; OL Donald Hawkins, Texas; RB Henry Josey, Missouri; DT Wade Keliikipi, Oregon; S Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State; DE Frank Mays, Florida A&M; WR Quron Pratt, Rutgers; K Casey Spear, Vanderbilt

05/12 15:50:56 ET

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